April 19, 2005

Onlookers to a Massacre

"Survivors of militia attacks in Darfur have accused African Union forces of doing nothing to stop the bloodshed." That's from Reuters yesterday. To be clear, I don't want to denigrate the AU soldiers—honestly, they're doing far braver work than I will ever do, and they simply don't have the mandate to protect civilians. Battling the janjawid would be a heroic move, but unlawful and possibly dangerous. All the same, this stuff needs to be highlighted because governments all around the world are still clinging on to the fiction that the genocide can be stopped with a few more AU divisions here and there. So once more: peacekeepers, no-fly zones. Post-haste.

MORE: NRO has a fantastic article about Harvard divesting from Chinese oil companies to protest the genocide. I'm usually skeptical of these sorts of moves, but this could possibly—possibly—do something. As I've noted before, China is the one country that can really lean on Khartoum to stop the killing. But diplomatic pressure alone is unlikely to spur China into action, given the country's massive oil interests in Sudan, but a pocketbook appeal could do the trick. If I have anyone readers who are in college right now, this could be a good campaign to start organizing. SinoPec and PetroChina are the two main offenders, though you can find a full list here.
-- Brad Plumer 5:35 PM || ||